LIMA —The Pontiac GTO was built from 1964 to 1974. It was a muscle car classic of the 1960s and 1970s. The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac engineer Russell Gee, an engine specialist; Bill Collins, a chassis engineer; and Pontiac chief engineer, John DeLorean. The Judge remained an option on GTOs. The Judge came standard with the Ram Air III, while the Ram Air IV was optional. Any GTO color was available on The Judge. The Pontiac GTO remained the third best selling intermediate muscle car, outsold only by the Chevrolet Chevelle SS and Plymouth’s Road Runner. Pontiac produced more than 40, 149 GTOs for the 1970 model year, but only 168 of those were The Judge convertibles. The Judge option ran $300 to $400 more than the regular GTOs, still a bargain price in the muscle car world.
Bill Taylor, of Lima, brought his 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 13 years. He bought it from a friend, and restored it over one year. He has been driving it ever since. His best memory of the car is just having fun and sharing memories with people with a passion for cars.